Protesters Demand, “Uphold the Indian Constitution, Free Soni Sori and Lingaram Kodopi”

Marking the Republic Day of India and the anniversary of the martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi, concerned citizens and friends of India organized public protests in San Francisco, Boston/Cambridge and other cities in the United States. A statement distributed at these events observed:

Every year on the 26th of January, we celebrate the Constitution of India [1]. Every 30th of January, we remember the martyrdom of Mahatma Gandhi, who led India to freedom. However, for the vast majority of the people of India, even the most basic of the rights guaranteed by the Constitution – the right to life and personal liberty and due legal process if these rights are to be abridged – remain unrealized promises. And the ideals of the independence struggle, as articulated by Gandhi, stand indelibly tarnished.

The complete statement is available here.

Videos of the scenes from two of the protest sites are below:
Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA:

Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA:

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